To be honest, we find ourselves eating more quesadillas than grilled cheese sandwiches these days. There’s something about the casual nature of a quesadilla—just cheese and, usually, a vegetable or protein, spread onto a tortilla, melted, folded, and eaten hot from the skillet or griddle. It’s the kind of thing that tastes best right out of the pan, standing in the kitchen, fingers smarting from the heat. Here are 8 recipes we can’t drop from our repertoire.
1. Roasted Poblano Quesadillas
Strips of roasted and skinned poblano peppers (a.k.a rajas) mixes with Mexican cheese (Oaxaca, Asadero, Quesillo, or, in a pinch Monterey jack) in this simple and satisfyingly authentic snack. Get our Roasted Poblano Quesadillas recipe.
2. Ham and Cheese Quesadillas
This slightly surprising formula imagines a classic sandwich combo in quesadilla form. Use Mexican cheese (Oaxaca, Asadero, or Quesillo) if you can. Get our Ham and Cheese Quesadillas recipe.
3. Chicharron Quesadillas
Rich, chewy pork chicharron is the heart of this simple, authentic Mexican snack. Get our Chicharron Quesadillas recipe.
4. Mushroom and Chorizo Quesadillas
Fried chorizo, freed from its casings, meets up with simple sautéed mushrooms to yield one of the most satisfying quesadillas we know. Get our Mushroom and Chorizo Quesadillas recipe.
5. Rajas Quesadillas
Here’s a Tex-Mex quesadilla take we can’t get enough of: traditional Mexican rajas (roasted poblanos and onion) with Jack and cheddar cheeses, diced peppers, and cilantro. Get our Rajas Quesadillas recipe.
6. Chipotle Pork Quesadillas
You start by roasting and slicing a couple of pork chops, then adding the sliced to meat to a delicious, smoky tomato and chipotle chile sauce. Monterey Jack finishes it off in gooey style. Get our Chipotle Pork Quesadillas recipe.
7. Tequila Shrimp and Asadero Quesadillas
Crispy flour tortillas, melty cheese, and boozy shrimp make for one excellent quesadilla. Get our Tequila Shrimp and Asadero Quesadillas recipe.
8. Grilled Steak Quesadillas
Smoky chipotle-rubbed skirt steak is grilled, sliced, then sandwiched in flour tortillas with plenty of Monterey Jack cheese. Get our Grilled Steak Quesadillas recipe.